If you’re familiar with the Envato network of sites, ranging from the Tuts+ network to the variety of marketplaces and even our own AppStorm network, you’ll know that Envato’s staff is a collection of people that live not only on the internet but by the internet.
Apps making the most of internet connectivity can easily make either a positive or negative impact on our income. Here are ten apps used by many of the Envato staff, that help us work efficiently from anywhere in the world.
Dropbox is a staple app for people in fields ranging from freelancing to regular business to just individuals looking for advantages in their day to day workflow or activities. Our recent 15 Awesome Dropbox Tips and Tricks is a great place to find new ways to take advantage of the app’s capabilities.
2. Google Apps
As fantastic and useful as Dropbox is, Google’s collection of apps for everything from office documents to email to RSS reading will likely be a staple collection of web based software for many of you already. If you aren’t taking advantage of at least one of Google’s apps already, there’s a good possibility you will in the future.
When the Envato team needs to communicate with each other beyond the capabilities of email, Skype is a heavily used app covering text, voice or full on video chatting or conferencing.
4. Invoice Machine / Billings
As independent contractors and freelancers we have to create and manage our invoices, expenses and bills if we want to get paid and keep our accounting under control. Billings and Invoice Machine are two popular choices among the Envato team.
An aspect of the internet is obviously the socializing of information and there’s no easier way to share files, links, images and other information than CloudApp or Droplr. These are OS X only apps for now but if you know of Windows equivalents, let us know in the comments.
In terms of business, Twitter is a very important service for Envato, but it’s also just as fun and entertaining for us all. Tweetie for Mac is a popular choice but Hootsuite is a great cross platform client that’s cloud-based and accessible anywhere.
Skitch is very similar to CloudApp or Droplr except that it’s a fantastic tool for annotating screenshots, sharing screenshots or other images or simply quickly drawing up something. It’s invaluable for helping explain things to others using images.
8. Things / Remember the Milk
Many of the Envato staff, like most freelancers, have more tasks than one might think would be humanly possible to manage. That’s why they use apps like Remember The Milk and Things; incredibly useful and powerful apps for task management and efficient working.
Toggl is a simple tool for tracking time in projects, tasks, etc. via their web interface or desktop client. With reports and many other features built for teams, this is one great time tracking tool for a growing business.
10. Notify / Google Notifier
As we all live on the web, we all essentially live in our email. It’s critical to keep our email under control and quickly respond to highly important messages, notifications, etc. A quality desktop email notification app can be a key aspect to staying in sync with your email inboxes without keeping your inboxes open at all times.